"Your cap can help us save a life. Your voice can help us save millions.
After Save the Children’s State of the World’s Mothers 2006 report highlighted simple, low-cost practices that could save newborn lives — like warming their heads with a knit or crochet cap — Save the Children received numerous calls and e-mails from Americans around the country wanting to organize their friends and family to knit and crochet caps for newborns in developing countries.
People also asked what more they could do to help newborns in need. As a result of their enthusiasm, Save the Children has partnered with the Warm Up America! Foundation to launch Knitters and Crocheters for Newborns: Caps to the Capital.
Four million newborns die each year within the first month of life — half within the first 24 hours of life. The United States can lead the way in saving these young lives by increasing funding for critical health programs for mothers and newborns.
These babies need more than caps — they need your voice, too.
We are asking knitters and crocheters around the country to take three simple steps to let America’s leaders know they care about saving newborn lives around the world:
Make a cap
Write the President
Unite for newborns"
"TSF was born as a response to the tsunami disaster on December 26th 2004, but exists to fundraise for Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders.
Who is MSF/DWB?
MSF is a medical relief organization dedicated to bringing help to people in the worst circumstances in the world. MSF goes where other relief organizations (NGO's) will not. Where circumstances are the most desperate, the most dangerous and the most hopeless... you will find Médecins Sans Frontières. MSF is transparent and neutral without any political or religious affiliations, and does not accept donations from Pharmaceutical companies or companies that make Tobacco or Alcohol. Part of their job is to witness and report violations of human rights and dignity. MSF helps all persons who need them, regardless of their race, religion, politics or gender. MSF won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999.
MSF is dedicated to serving not just those people suffering from disasters in the spotlight such as the Asian Tsunami, which killed 150 000 people, but other tragedies in the world that are receiving less media, and less help, such as in the Congo, where 150 000 are killed every five months, or in Africa, where there are 25 million people between the ages of 15 and 49 living with HIV/AIDS. 58% are women.
Why should I join Knitters Without Borders?
By any North American standard, I am not a wealthy woman. Still, there has never been a day that I went hungry or wondered where I would put my kids to bed. I choose between my varied and warm clothing in the morning and at least once a week I throw away food that went bad before we could eat it, buying fresh without even feeling a pang of decadence. I have never wanted for anything more than "more" of what I already have. I am... to most of the people in the world, obscenely wealthy...As are you.
What do I do?
Take the Tricoteuses Sans Frontières / Knitters Without Borders Challenge.
For one week...
1. Each and every time you think about buying something... ask yourself if it is a need (food, water, shelter, medicine or safety) or a want. Be honest. Yarn is not (sob) necessary. Lattes are not necessary. A seventh pair of shoes? Fabulous pair of new jeans? Eating out? Could you skip a haircut? Search yourself and ask, do I need this, or would the money be better spent on someone whose life hangs in the balance?
2. At the end of the week (or sooner...if you don't need that much time to think about it) Donate the amount of money that you didn't need to MSF. There should be no reason why every single person who reads this blog can't find at least a dollar.
If you can afford to knit... you can afford to donate.
3. After you donate, email me the amount of your donation (my address is stephanieATyarnharlotDOTca), your name and email. I don't care how much your donation is and I don't need any proof that you made the donation. (I believe that that planet would smite you for lying about this sort of thing) I'd like to know the amount that you gave only so I can keep a running tally. I'll know that whatever you give is your best effort, given your unique circumstances.
4. Slap a button on your blog, link to this page and enjoy the warm glow that you get.
5. Enjoy the occasional prize donated by generous knitters who would like to show their gratitude to you. When donated prizes are given, a random name will be selected from the list of Tricoteuses Sans Frontières / Knittters Without Borders. I'll email if you win.
How much have you raised for Médecins Sans Frontières/ Doctors Without Borders?
Since its inception Knitters Without Borders has raised a staggering $117,087."
"Please join our fourth annual scarf drive. Get your knitting needles and crochet hooks out and knit up some warm, washable hats and scarves to donate to people who need them. Send them in by December 10th, 2006 so we can get them to people in time for the holidays.
Mail to: SuperNaturale c/o Flat 391 Broadway, 3rd Fl NY NY 10013"
"Crafting for community is one of the most enduring themes here at GetCrafty. So this year we invite you all to join us in the first annual GetCrafty Handmade Holiday Drive to benefit Project Night Night - http://www.projectnightnight.org/Aboutus.html.
Project Night Night’s goal is to provide a good night’s sleep to children in homeless shelters across the United States. To this end, they distribute Night Night Packages that contain a soft toy, a security blanket and a book that children in the shelter system can take with them.
So, get out your crochet hooks, knitting needles and sewing machines and get ready to make cuddly soft toys and toteable blankets for children in need!
What: Handmade soft toys and/or small blankets (think 4’x4’ and smaller, to cuddle more than to cover). You can send either, both, or multiples, whatever you're inspired to make. Project Night Night doesn’t have strictures on materials or construction, just remember that your donations are for a child to cuddle and tote around, so sturdy and washable would both be good watchwords.
When: Please plan to have your donation in the mail by December 8th 2006
Where: Mailing address to be determined— I’ll post it here by the third week in November.
Why: To try out a new toy or blanket pattern and then share the crafty love with homeless children.
Misc: Please include your e-mail address with your donation, and your real name and mailing address if you want to be entered in a little GetCrafty sweepstakes for a craftivism prize! We'll put your name in a hat, and we won't do anything with your personal information other than thank you!"
*http://www.dotdigital.com/sewingcharity/ - their description says: Sewing Charity is an extensive directory of charitable sewing, quilting, knitting and crochet projects. Often times people make wonderful items of love, but don't know where to donate them. This site can be used as a tool to find the perfect organization for your donations. You can search alphabetically, by location or by recipient listing. Visit the forum for charity event announcements, more free patterns and supply donations.
*Handmade for Charity - list links to charities accepting handmade items; also has tips on donating and finding organizations
*Bev's Country Cottage - Bev's Country Cottage posts links only to charities, and websites that are free to join and who do not charge for patterns or to become a chapter. Includes resources for US, Canada, Australia, and the UK.
What other general sites for links and advice have you come across? Let me know! Thanks, Jen
*ABC Quilts - founded in 1988 to give love and comfort to at-risk babies in the form of a handmade quilt, and to use this process to promote awareness, community service and prevention education. They define "at-risk" as those babies born HIV-positive, affected by their mother's drug or alcohol abuse while pregnant, or abandoned. International.
*Mother Bear Project - a grass-roots, non-profit group dedicated to providing comfort and hope to children, primarily those affected by HIV/AIDS in emerging nations, by giving them a gift of love in the form of hand-knitted teddy bears.